About PCs Wiki:Blocking policy

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Bans are different from blocks, eee the Banning policy for the banning policy. Blocking is the method by which administrators may prevent a user account or IP address from editing, uploading images to, and moving pages on the wiki for a fixed period of time or indefinitely. When a user is blocked from editing the wiki, they will see this text. Blocked users and IP addresses may still read articles, but they cannot edit any pages except their own talk page (unless the blocking admin has decided to disable editing of the user talk page).

Blocks are used to prevent further disruption to the wiki, not as penalties. A user may be blocked when their conduct causes disruption. Examples of conduct that may result in a block include but are not limited to:

  • Vandalism
  • Excessive harassment
  • Disruptive editing
  • Violating the rules and policies
  • Violating the forum or chat rules
  • NSFW content (images, words, etc.)
  • Continued disruption
  • Inappropriate or offensive usernames

Before blocking a user, warn them first on their talk pages, by using the correct warning template: {{vandalism}} for vandalism, {{vandalism2}} for vandalism (second warning), {{spam}} for spam, {{disruption}} for disrupting the wiki, {{test}} for test edits in articles, and {{generalwarning}} as a final warning. All warning templates will link to the policies and will warn that the user may be blocked if he/she continues. If a user keeps vandalising or violating the rules, report them to the Vandalism page if it is vandalism, or the Administrators' noticeboard if it is not vandalism and an administrator or user from the Anti-Vandal Group will block them.

When a user account is blocked, their IP is "autoblocked" so that the user may not make the same edit anonymously or under a different username. Autoblocks to a user's IP address last for 24 hours. Administrators may lift the autoblock on a user's IP address by unblocking the block number associated with the user (this is to protect the user's privacy). A second, rarer type of autoblock is "angry-autoblock". This allows for IPs to be autoblocked for a longer time frame, automatically set to an indefinite period of time. Currently, angry-autoblocks may only be given by the AbuseFilter, an automated edit filter which runs edits through a preset list of conditions to determine if an edit may be harmful or not.

Appealing a block[edit | hide | hide all]

Blocked editors who wish to appeal their block may add the unblock template ({{unblock}}) to their talk page.

Placing this template on a talk page will add the page to the block appeals category. Administrators will notice the appeal and either grant the request or deny it. If a block appeal fails, the user must wait for 1 month before submitting another request. If the second request fails, they must wait 2 months to submit another appeal. Subsequent block appeals will require an increasing interval of 2 months until the maximum of 6 months is reached. At this point, the user will not be permitted to further appeal their block.

Indefinite bans[edit | hide]

A user may be permanently banned from editing the wiki, in part or in whole. Administrators may ban advertising/disruption-only and accounts with inappropriate usernames without community consensus. However, community consensus should be obtained when banning established editors. Users who attempt to evade their bans will be blocked from editing the wiki.

Instructions for administrators[edit | hide]

How to block[edit | hide]

Administrators should give a "reason" when blocking a user as this will be displayed to the blocked user when they attempt to edit. Additionally, this reason will appear in the block log (all blocks are recorded here) and the block list (currently blocked accounts are recorded here). The reason is used give an idea to users viewing the block list why the account in question was blocked. Administrators may also wish to notify the user of their block on their talk page, by using the {{block}} template.

Options for IP blocks[edit | hide]

Block anonymous users only prevents the IP address from editing but allows registered users to edit. Prevent account creation prevents new accounts from being registered from the IP address.

Guide to blocking times[edit | hide]

The block time must be either selected from the drop-down menu or typed in manually. Listed below are some guidelines to help admins in blocking users.

Block times[edit | hide]

Before blocking, first, warn the user with the correct template, for example if there is vandalism, use {{vandalism}} first, then {{vandalism2}}, then {{generalwarning}}, and then report to the Vandalism page after the final warning is given. If you need to report users when it is not vandalism, use administrators' noticeboard instead.

Vandalism[edit | hide]

See Vandalism/Types for full specifications

What counts as vandalism? Insering random words into articles, removing legitimate content from articles, creating pages with nonsense/gibberish content, and tests edits in articles.

  • Minor offenses: Adding random words to pages, creating pages with nonsense content, and test edits in articles.
  • Major offenses: Removing legitimate content from articles, uploading explict images and placing on pages, or adding malicous links or content.

Spam[edit | hide]

What counts as spam? Promotional usernames, for example "Southwest Airlines", spam links (for example https://southwest.com ) and creating pages (most often the user page) contains promotional content, or ads, for example "Buy cheap flights on Southwest Airlines here"

Any accounts that commit spam, advertise, or self-promotion will be blocked indefinitely, and user (talk) pages will be deleted. IP users who commit spam will be blocked temporarily, from 1 day to 3 months.

NSFW content[edit | hide]

What counts as NSFW content? Inserting pornographic images into articles or pornographic text.

This wiki is for all ages and should be without NSFW content. Any users who posts NSFW content on articles, whether images or words, or linking to those websites (for example https://pornhub.com ) will be blocked instantly.

  • Minor offenses for example linking to a pornographic website will result in a block up to 3 months (for unregistered users). For registered users the block will be up to 1 year.
  • Major offenses for example uploading a pornographic image and naming it File:Nakedgirl.jpg or using a pornographic image from Commons in articles will result in an instant indefinite block (whether if the user is anonymous or registered) and the image will be deleted as "NSFW/Pornographic image" if uploaded or added to the Bad image list if taken from Commons.

Indefinite blocks[edit | hide]

An indefinite block is one where the block's length of term has been set to 'infinite' or 'indefinite' by the admin placing the block. Indefinite blocks are used to prevent a specific account from editing permanently or until further notice.

Blocks for violations of the chat rules[edit | hide]

If the user is active in the chat or web chat also, please block the user from using the chat. This can be accomplished by kicking the user from the clan and adding them to the ignore list. The block length should be identical to the length of the wiki block. After the block has expired, the user may rejoin the clan if desired.

Discord[edit | hide]

If the user is active on the Discord server, please ban the user from the Discord server. This can be accomplished by kicking the user and banning the user. The block length should be identical to the length of the wiki block. After the block has expired, the user may rejoin the Discord server if desired.

Range blocks[edit | hide]

Sometimes users with dynamic IP addresses may attack the wiki. In such cases, it is best to range block their IP address so even when changing their IP they still can't edit. For more information, see mw:Help:Range blocks or the table below.

Unblocking[edit | hide]

Special:Blocklist contains a list of all currently blocked users and IPs. Admins will see a link to unblock next to each user. After clicking this, admins should type in the reason that they are unblocking the user and then click the Unblock this address button.